WILKES-BARRE — An argument among drunken co-workers about who was going to drive a truck resulted in one of them getting struck and the other driving away early Monday morning, according to charges filed.
City police charged Patrick R. Ramirez, 25, of Blue Spring, Mo., with intentionally striking Shane Stewart, of Missouri, in the parking lot of McDonald’s on Kidder Street at 12:40 a.m.
Witnesses allegedly told police Ramirez and Stewart were arguing about who was going to drive a truck with a Missouri license plate when the accident happened. Ramirez accelerated the truck and hit Stewart, got out and looked at his co-worker on the ground. He then drove away, police said in the criminal complaint.
Police captured Ramirez at the Host Inn on Kidder Street, where the two men were staying.
Police said Ramirez and Stewart are employees of a company constructing the hotel at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino in Plains Township.
Ramirez was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre on charges of aggravated assault by vehicle, aggravated assault while driving under the influence, driving under the influence, accidents involving injury and careless driving. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
Police said Ramirez refused to submit to a blood/alcohol test at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
Arrest papers say Stewart was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley where he was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 19.